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One of the protest signs from the movement against the U.S. Navy's presence on Vieques. (Photo by wolftone via Flickr)

From Vieques and Beyond, NY Boricuas Fight for Home from Afar

El Diario-La Prensa looks at the fight to push the U.S. Navy out of Vieques – which succeeded a decade ago this week – and involved many New Yorkers, including Melissa Mark-Viverito, Adolfo Carrión and Rosie Pérez.

What will it take for tradition to give way to modernity when it comes to gender equality? (Photo by Mohd Azli Abdul Malek, via Flickr Creative Commons License)

Saudi Women Who Fled Describe ‘Ultra-Conservative’ Restrictions

Culture, Government, Middle Eastern, Religion April 23, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Women’s eNews interviews two women who live or have lived in New York after leaving Saudi Arabia. They discuss the male-dominated society they left behind and what is necessary to spur change.

Seven Hasidic stores on Lee Avenue in Williamsburg have been charged with discrimination for signs requesting customers dress in modest clothing. (Photo by Paul McGeiver, Flickr Creative Commons License)

Hasidic Stores Charged with Discrimination

Brooklyn, Government, Religion April 19, 2013 at 3:43 pm

The New York City Commission on Human Rights filed charges against several Satmar hasidic stores owners in Brooklyn for going too far in their requests for customers to wear modest clothing, reports The Jewish Week.

(Photo via El Diario-La Prensa)

NYCHA Residents Suspicious of Plan to Rent Land to Developers

Government, Housing, In the News, Latino April 17, 2013 at 3:23 pm

The New York City Housing Authority is desperately trying to climb out of debt by renting land on public housing projects, but tenants fear losing communal spaces and their eventual displacement from the neighborhood, El Diario-La Prensa reports.

(Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Permit System for Intercity Buses Backfires

Asian, Government, In the News, Transportation April 15, 2013 at 11:18 pm

The implementation of a new permit system for intercity buses is causing more and more troubles in Chinatown, pitting the community board, shop owners and bus companies, Sing Tao Daily reported in its print edition April 10.

Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto (center), and councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (left) talk with a resident of District 8.

San Juan Mayor Learns of New Budget Process During East Harlem Visit

Economy, Government, In the News, New York April 11, 2013 at 4:13 pm

A new method for allocating funds for community projects in New York, the Participatory Budget Process, recently drew the attention of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto. During a visit she observed the process in action in District 8.